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Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

Brexit Britain: The State of the Union

Hay Festival 2019, 

What happens now? What’s the deal with Europe, America, Ireland, Scotland? The Shadow Brexit Secretary is on the spot. And he’s listening.

Keir Starmer talks to Philippe Sands

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VS Naipaul

The London Library Lecture

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Nobel Laureate, author of A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival, A Bend in the River and The Masque of Africa charts his development as a writer and his relationship with his family in his Letters Between a Father and a Son. Chaired by Alexander Waugh.

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Christopher Cocksworth, Robert Hughes, Richard Harries, Angel F. Montoya, David Bentley Hart and Thomas Reynolds chaired by Jane Williams

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2011, 
The theologian discusses the books shortlisted for this year’s Michael Ramsey Prize with the shortlisted authors. The books by those present are: Holding Together, Beloved Dust, The Re-enchantment of Morality, The Theology of FoodAtheist Delusions and Vulnerable Communion.

Full details at www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk

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Tishani Doshi, Rhian Edwards, Arundhathi Subramaniam

Poetry Reading

Hay Festival 2012, 
Three of the emerging generation of poetry superstars read from their new collections - Everything Begins Elsewhere, Clueless Dogs, and Where I Live.

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Conor Woodman

Unfair Trade

Hay Festival 2012, 
The broadcaster and former City analyst looks at how Big Business Exploits the World’s Poor – and why it doesn’t have to.

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Simon Schama

Talking About Shakespeare: This Blessed Plot, This Earth, This Realm, This England

Hay Festival 2016, 

The historian was set alight by Shakespeare’s muse of fire when he first saw Henry V as a child. He examines Shakespeare’s making of the myths of England. He hymns the Histories, the kings and the commoners, the band of brothers, and the spirit of Shakespeare’s greatest knight, Sir John Falstaff.

Simon Schama

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Damian Walford Davies and Samantha Wynne Rhydderch

Icebound/Spellbound - from Antarctica to East Anglia

Hay Festival 2012, 
The two poets locate you in the bootprints of Captain Scott, then at the black heart of the witch trials of Civil War Suffolk. Reading from Banjo and Witch they bring trial, defiance and trauma to life in dramatic form, taking you into terra incognita – one physical, the other psychological, both deadly.

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Christopher Paolini

Inheritance

Hay Festival 2012, 
It began with Eragon...it ends with Inheritance. Join this phenomenal author as he brings the cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.
 
10+ years

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Tony Robinson

No Cunning Plan

Hay Festival 2017, 

The actor and hugely successful children’s writer yarns his working life from child stardom in the first production of Oliver! and the joy of Baldrick, to the documenting of Time Team archaeology and The Worst Jobs in History. Robinson was knighted in 2013 for public and political service. Chaired by Lucy Cotter.

Tony Robinson

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Colin Humphreys

Cambridge Series 1: The Mystery of The Last Supper

Hay Festival 2011, 
Reconciling conflicting Gospel accounts and scientific evidence, the distinguished Cambridge physicist reveals the exact date of the Last Supper in a definitive new timeline of Holy Week.

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He founded and directs the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride. This Centre is developing energy-efficient lighting which is so efficient it will enable the UK to close (or not build) eight power stations. He is also researching a new way to purify water in the developing (and developed) world, which will save millions of lives, and to kill hospital superbugs. 

He founded and directs the Cambridge/Rolls-Royce Centre for Aerospace Materials, which is developing next generation materials for Rolls-Royce jet engines to make them more energy efficient. He is involved in the public understanding of science, and has given public lectures on science throughout the world. He frequently appears on TV, radio and in the national and international press. He has received many national and international medals for his research. He has been the President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. On 24 June, 2010 he became the Master of the Armourers and Brasiers’ Company in London. 

In addition, he is interested in dating and reconstructing ancient historical events, particularly events recorded in the Bible. His latest book is The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus.

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Hala Jaber, Zena el Khalil and Conor Foley talk to Adam Boulton

Tabletalk: Risk

Hay Festival 2009, 
The authors of The Flying Carpet to Baghdad, Beirut I Love You and The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War discuss extremity, intervention and survival.

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Jasper Fforde, Cressida Cowell, Patrick Ness and Jenny Valentine

Writers' Question Time

Hay Festival 2009, 
Join some of the nation’s best writers for a unique opportunity to quiz them on all things writerly. The entire session will be run by you, the audience, so come prepared with lots of questions!

9 years–adult

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Graham Swift

Fictions – England and other Stories

Hay Festival 2015, 

Through the 25 stories in Swift’s most recent anthology, we are steered effortlessly from the Civil War to the present day, from world-shaking events to the secret dramas lived out in rooms, workplaces, homes. With his remarkable sense of place, he charts an intimate human geography and, in doing so, he moves us profoundly, but with a constant eye for comedy. He reads from the collection and discusses his work with Peter Florence.

Graham Swift

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Matthew Bishop & Michael Green

The Road From Ruin

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Economist writers propose their overhaul of financial regulation, government spending and business values in their manifesto for A New Capitalism for a Big Society.

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Andrew Marr

The Diamond Queen

Hay Festival 2012, 
The journalist celebrates the monarch’s jubilee, looking at her relationships with Prime Ministers, the Commonwealth, the media and her people.

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Simon Baker & Taryn Simon

Tate Lecture 1: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Tate’s new Photography Curator discusses and shows work from the new exhibition with the featured artist Taryn Simon.

For further details of the exhibition at Tate Modern see www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/tarynsimon/

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Alison Smith

Tate Lecture 2: Watercolours

Hay Festival 2011, 
The curator of the blockbuster Watercolours exhibition explores the medium with illustrations from C12th illuminated manuscripts to the work of Kapoor and Emin. Chaired by Hannah Rothschild.

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Jane Davidson and David Thorpe

Hay on Earth 2015 Forum: One Planet Living – A Measure of Sustainability

Hay Festival 2015, 

Can the pioneering Welsh policy One Planet Development be used as a template for governments and planners? Could it bring in a new attitude to development, planning and land management, to take into account the full environmental impact of human activities? Jane Davidson of INSPIRE talks to author and consultant David Thorpe.

Jane Davidson and David Thorpe

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Nick Sharratt

Shark in the Dark

Hay Festival 2010, 
Draw along with the beloved illustrator of Jacqueline Wilson and Jeremy Strong, as he introduces his fin-tastic new book. Don't forget your pad and pencil!
 
Family event

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Charles Freeman

A New History of Early Christianity

Hay Festival 2010, 
From marginal beginnings in Judea Christianity grew into a global, state-sanctioned religion, as vibrant and incredibly diverse movements were brought into orthodox order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality

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Neil MacGregor

A History of the World in 100 Objects

Hay Festival 2010, 
The British Museum director discusses his radio history that runs throughout 2010. Chaired by Mark Damazer, controller of BBC Radio 4.

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

Suggs

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Maleiha Malik

Now and Then

Hay Festival 2010, 
The lawyer and academic explores Anti-Muslim Prejudice in the West – Past and Present.
Maleiha Malik

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David Trueba with Malcolm Otero Barral

Books and Scripts

Cartagena 2011, 
Writing for a film, writing for a book… there are more and more novelists writing scripts, and scriptwriters books. David Trueba is the author of film scripts like Los peores años de nuestra vida, Dance with the Devil, The Girl of your Dreams and Balseros; as a writer, his novels have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and he was awarded the 2008 Premio Nacional de la Crítica for his novel Learning to Lose. He talks to editor Malcolm Otero Barral about his experiences with both writing processes. 

Simultaneous translation from English to Spanish available

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Simon Callow

Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World

Hay Festival 2012, 
The biography explores the central importance of the theatre to the life of the greatest storyteller in the English language.